Sex, Citizenship, and the Nation-State in Modern China
Dans le cadre des séminaires de M. Xavier Paulès à l’EHESS et de Mme Xiaohong Xiao-Planes à l’INALCO, Mme Jin Jiang 姜进, professeure à l’East China Normal University de Shanghai, donnera une conférence sur le thème : Sex, Citizenship, and the Nation-State in Modern China.
Discursive transformation of sex and sexuality was launched during the May Fourth period and was full of tension, especially in turbulent period of war and revolution in the ensuing decades. This research will take on a historical case of a female assassin and her failed attempt to kill her “lover” who was a collaborator serving the Japanese occupation authority in wartime Shanghai. The case has since become the subject of a number of popular-culture pieces and thus been kept alive in public memory. This talk will look at this case and its permutation in popular culture as a way to exam how sex and gender figured in the relationship between the private citizen and the nation-state in modern China.
Dr. Jin Jiang received her Ph.D. in East Asian History since 1600 from Stanford University (1998) and her MA in Modern Chinese History from East China Normal University (1984). Dr. Jiang taught at Vassar College in New York (1998-2004) before she returned to Shanghai to take up her current position as Professor of History at East China Normal University, where she has also served as Director of the Center for Gender and Cultural Studies since 2005. Dr. Jiang is the recipient of many grants including a recent research fellowship position at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (June 15-July 15, 2014), as a Radcliffe-Yenching Fellow in Residence at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2011-12), and as a Senior Visiting Professor at St. John’s College, UBC (fall, 2010). She is the author of numerous articles in both English and Chinese languages, including “Times Have Changed: Men and Women are the Same,” “Modernity East and West: Melodrama and Yanqing in Shanghai’s Popular Culture,” “Gender, History and Medicine in Feminist Scholarship: An Interview with Charlotte Furth,” and “Liang Shuming and the Emergence of Twentieth-Century New Confucianism.” She has also edited many anthologies in the field of Chinese urban history. Her monograph, Women Playing Men: Yue Opera and Social Change in Twentieth-Century Shanghai, was published by the University of Washington Press (London & Seattle, 2009). A Chinese version of the book was published in May 2015. In the past eight years Dr. Jiang has been working with her graduate students on a source book that collects entertainment advertisement carried by major daily newspapers in Shanghai from 1907 to 1966, a period that witnessed the rise, blossom, and decline of an urban popular culture against a background of war, revolution, and emerging urbanism in China. The source book, titled Newspaper Entertainment Advertisement in Shanghai: A Source Book, 1907-1966, was published in March 2015 by Shanghai Cultural Publishing House.